Now appearing on scouts' radars
November, 21, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY SportsInstead of throwing passes, UCF QB Blake Bortles was recruited by some coaches to throw blocks.
Every season a handful of prospects emerge from nowhere or from under the radar to surface among scouting circles. Looking back at the past three drafts there are several examples.
In 2011, a pair of Auburn prospects -- QB Cam Newton and DT Nick Fairley -- stormed on to the scene leading the Tigers to a national championship while cashing in as top 15 picks with Newton being taking first overall by Carolina. In 2012, Kansas City DT Dontari Poe (Memphis) and New England DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse) both used strong years to earn first-round selections. Last year, Detroit DE Ezekiel Ansah (BYU) and Chicago OG Kyle Long (Oregon) were the two big names who burst onto the scene.
This year has been no different as there are plenty of prospects who have elevated their level of play and are becoming household names. Not all will be first-round selections but their production on the field certainly has them on the radar for this May's draft.